The Atlantic City High School Hall of Fame Association announced the 2017 inductees who will be honored at a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Atlantic City High School Auditorium. Admission to the ceremony is $5. The purpose of the Association is to honor players, coaches, individuals and teams who have made a distinctive contribution to the rich athletic history of the high school. The 2017 induction class consists of an impressive list of athletes, teams and outstanding contributors, including:
Moira McClosky, Class of 2000 - One of the greatest female swimmers in ACHS history, McClosky was a two-time state champion. She held nine school records and was Team MVP all four years. At Yale, Moira was a two-time Ivy League Champion and first all-Ivy in both the 100M and 200M backstroke events.
Tasha Cannon, 2006 - An all-around star for the Vikings girls basketball team, Cannon graduated as the school's all-time leader in rebounds, second all-time in both points and steals and fourth all-time in assists. Tasha was The Press of Atlantic City Player of the Year both her junior and senior years and was first-team all-state in her senior year. She played collegiately at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas and professionally in Europe.
Colleen O’Donnell, 2007 - Considered the greatest female Atlantic City distance runner, Colleen earned 12 varsity letters in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field. She still holds 13 school records and received numerous county and state All Star recognitions. At LaSalle University, Colleen earned 12 varsity letters and was an academic All American.
Robert Coleman, 1981 - Among the greatest big men in Vikings basketball history, Bob graduated as the fourth leading scorer all time with 1,216 points. He played varsity for four years and led the Vikings in scoring and rebounds as a senior. He was first team all South Jersey in both his junior and senior years and first team all-state in his senior year. Bob was named a Street & Smith’s Magazine honorable mention all American.
Rob Frankel, 1993 - Unquestionably the greatest boys tennis player in Viking history as the holder of the most wins, Rob is also a former holder of most wins in New Jersey high school history. He was all South Jersey first team all four years and undefeated his entire senior year prior to the state tournament. Rob lost only two matches in his last three years of high school competition. He went on to earn a scholarship to play at George Washington University.
Ralph Peter Hunter, 1998 - A great all-around athlete in basketball and football, Peter was first team all-Cape-Atlantic League in football and second team CAL in basketball. He earned a full scholarship to Virginia Union University, starting all four years, where he was an academic all American. After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, he played on four NFL teams.
Mark Vasser, 1952 - Mark is being inducted as an “Old Timer.” He earned first team all-county honors in basketball and was honorable mention all-South Jersey. Mark was a member of the South Jersey Championship track and field teams of 1950, 1951 and 1952. He won the individual South Jersey discus championship. He went on to play basketball and compete in track at Temple University and was selected to the United States Maccabiah team in track.
Dennis Fitzgerald, 1964 - Another “Old Timer” inductee, Dennis starred on the offensive line for three years and earned all-CAL status and second team all-state honors his senior year. He went on to earn a scholarship at Temple University.
George Brestle - A longtime contributor to Viking Athletics, George will be inducted as an Outstanding Contributor. In the past George has been honored by the South Jersey Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the Atlantic County Old Grad Association, the Battle by the Bay Committee and the Holy Spirit High School Hall of Fame.
Boys Baseball Team, 1963 - This squad lost only two games all season on its way to a 16-2-1 record. The Vikings won the S.J. Conference title and captured the S.J. Group IV tournament. Included among their victories was a memorable road victory against Penn Charter, ending its 35 game unbeaten streak. The team was coached by Ray Huber and included many memorable Viking athletes, including Art Saft, Steve Kafky, Wayne Reider, Leon Hinton, Jeff Freedman, Joe Micale, Bob Fiedler, Bobby Hahn, John Goff, Alan Lieberman, Charles Tripicion, Victor Tweedle, Bruce Weeks, Charles Earling, Charles Donovan, Alan Klein, Dan Duran and Tom Spagnola.
Girls Cross Country Team, 2005 - The best girls’ cross country team in school history. The only team to go undefeated (boys or girls) in school history with a record of 10-0. They went on to win the CAL championship and finished in third place at the Disney Invitational. Coached by Tim O’Donnell, the team was led by three first team CAL performers, namely Colleen O’Donnell, Miriam Goldenberg and Kelly Dwyer. Other outstanding runners on the team included Grecia Pineda, Gina Spadevecchia, Jen Caratola, Stephanie Jewitt and Kateryna Christian.
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